Ripe plum, black currant, cedar, black pepper, a hint of rusted iron on the nose. Dense palate. Bright acidity. Firm tannins leads to an slightly astringent finish.
Not quite ready yet. Need at least another 5 years.
Clos Labarde is a 4.5ha estate a stone throw from Pavie. 16’ is the last vintage before it’s sold to an insurance company for a cool $3.5m/ha. — a year ago
A steal on auction
I wouldn’t consider it a 🥩 wine but great with charcuterie
Chateau Valandraud is represented by the passion of a couple: Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud. Following the great success with the wine merchant business in Saint Emilion, they opened their own vineyard to produce their own wine.
In 1989, they bought a small parcel of 0.6 hectare (1.48 acres) located in a small valley near Saint Emilion between Pavie-Macquin and La Clotte. The origin of the wine name is as much geographic (Val: Vallon de Fongaban), as sentimental (Andraud: Murielle’s maiden name). Thus Chateau Valandraud was born.
Little by little, Jean-Luc and his wife purchased several other parcels of vines, and now, the domain represents a total surface of 10 hectares (24.71 acres), located in various areas of Saint Emilion. The diversity of soils and varietals permit the production of 6 different wines: Chateau Valandraud, Chateau Valandraud Casher, Virginie de Valandraud and the 3 de Valandraud (the second wine of Chateau Valandraud and Virginie de Valandraud), Blanc de Valandraud N° 1 and N° 2.
The final blending of the various parcels occurs in the month of March, following a blind tasting with the help of the world famous oenologist, Michel Rolland. — 4 months ago
Nice but a tad spicy for me. —2016 — 2 months ago
Served blind in a merlot focused tasting. Wow. Incredible aromas. Deep cacao and vanilla notes. Still some tannin through the finish, which almost brought a mouthwatering desire to drink more. And we could have! Excited to try this again in 10 years. — 3 months ago